It’s been a long first week of Vuelta 2017 – and we have all the Final KMs for each of the stages, plus Orica-Scott’s brilliant Backstage Pass. We also have a final little treat when you get to the end.
Stage 1: Nimes – Nimes, 13.7km
As is usual with the Vuelta, they start with a team time trial – it was hard fought but BMC burned the tarmac up, putting Rohan Dennis in the first red of the race.
Stage 2: Nimes – Gruissan, 203.4km
The break never got away, it was full gas all day – and Quick-Step Floors did their echelon thing for a wind-whipped victory for Yves Lampaert – and he donned the red jersey!
Stage 3: Prades – Andorra, 158.5km
It was the Day of the Shark, with Vincenzo Nibali making a statement – ‘you may drop me but I’ll fight back for the win’. Chris Froome goes into red …
Stage 4: Escaldes – Tarragona, 198.2km
It was a fairly typical sprint day and Quick-Step stepped up, with Lampaert and Alaphilippe setting up Matteo Trentin for the victory, giving him stage victories in each of the grand tours.
Stage 5: Benicassim – Alcossebre, 175.7km
It was a breakaway day and Astana’s Alexey Lutsenko took his maiden grand tour victory on the first summit finish of Vuelta 2017.
Stage 6: Vila-real – Sagunt, 204,4km
Another day, another breakaway win – and another grand tour debut victory, this time for Lotto-Soudal’s Tomasz Marczynski.
Stage 7: Linia – Cuenca, 207km
It was the longest stage of this year’s Vuelta and the peloton let the break go (again). Matej Mohoric braves echelons, cobbles and a few spots of rain to take a solo victory, which was also his first grand tour and WorldTour win.
Stage 8: Hellin – Xorret de Cati, 199.5km
For a Classics team, Quick-Step Floors are sure good at winning stages – all kinds of stages – in grand tours. And they share the spoils around! Stage 8, it was Julian Alaphilippe‘s turn to bask in the glory of his first grand tour stage win. This is what we love about the Vuelta!
Stage 9: Orihuela – Cumbre del Sol, 174km
He’s been in the red jersey since Stage 3 and his team has kept him protected throughout the entire first week of this Vuelta. But this was the stage when he attacked for his first grand tour stage win of 2017. Yep, it was Chris Froome‘s day.
If you haven’t enough of the action, here’s a great Q&A with Lotto-Soudal’s mighty Adam Hansen, riding his 19th consecutive grand tour.
Header image: Alberto Contador and Chris Froome ©GETTY / AFP / Jaime Reina